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Midnight Manhunt


Published 1945


Stolen diamonds are at the heart of a game of body, body, who's got the body played by two reporters, a crook, two employees of a wax museum, and the police.

Stars: William Gargan, Ann Savage, Leo Gorcey, George Zucco, Paul Hurst, Don Beddoe, Charles Halton, and George E. Stone

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Run time 62 minutes, 29 seconds
Producer Maxwell Shane, William H. Pine and William C. Thomas
Production Company Pine-Thomas Productions
Audio/Visual Mono, Black & White
Language English


Reviews

Reviewer: ClassicFilmFan - - November 29, 2013
Subject: Great pace, acting, comedy, and cast.
I don't believe this film is very well known, and that's a shame, because it's quite enjoyable. Yes, it is a "B" picture, but it's darned good. With a very low budget, they managed to produce great entertainment. The cast is great - acting right on target. Everyone delivered their lines believably -- meaning I had no moments where I doubted what was happening - it just flows along. The pace is snappy and so is the dialog. Leo Gorcey does seem to extend his usual role as one of the East Side / Bowery Boys, but it's not unwelcome at all. He's more fun to watch here than he was with the "Boys."

This is the full cast:
William Gargan as Pete Willis
Ann Savage as Sue Gallagher
Leo Gorcey as Clutch Tracy
George Zucco as Jelke
Paul Hurst as Murphy
Don Beddoe as Detective Lt. Max Hurley
Charles Halton as Henry Miggs
George E. Stone as Joe Wells

Others have already discussed the other players in other reviews, but I just wanted to note that I really liked Charles Halton's performance as the meek and perpetually tired Henry Miggs. I felt so sorry for the little guy - it was a great performance - quite believable. Don Beddoe played the quintessential annoyed and frustrated Detective quite well.

I liked the ending very much. They sewed up the motive - which I didn't see as a possibility. They sewed up the personal issues too - in a way that I didn't see coming. All in all, a very fun and fast romp from 1945!
Reviewer: katperrr - - November 19, 2013
Subject: Midnight Manhunt
Cute
Reviewer: porterville - - July 4, 2011
Subject: Good William Gargan & Ann Savage Movie
A pleasant cast, headed by William Gargan, Ann Savage and Leo Gorcey, make this an enjoyable movie. The plot progresses nicely to a satisfactory conclusion. A very good low budget film
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